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10th-Apr-2011 03:15 pm - Ejections: Dana DeMuth (1)
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2B Umpire Dana DeMuth ejected Rays Manager Joe Maddon for arguing an out call made by 1B Umpire Doug Eddings in the top of the 6th inning of the Rays-White Sox game. With two outs and one on, Rays batter Dan Johnson hit a 1-2 curveball from White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd to first base. The ball deflected off first baseman Paul Konerko to second baseman Gordan Beckham, who threw to Floyd, covering first base. Eddings initially ruled Johnson safe at first. The umpires conferred after the play and overturned the original call, ruling Johnson out. Replays indicate Floyd did not appear to possess the ball securely while in contact with the first base bag, the call was incorrect. The call is now correct.** At the time of the ejection, the White Sox were leading, 6-1. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

This is Dana DeMuth (32)'s first ejection of 2011.
Dana DeMuth now has 3 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 1 Correct Call [Crewmate]) = 3.
*DeMuth is listed as a secondary umpire under Rule 6.b.iii.a.1.
**Quality of Correctness was challenged and overturned [affirmed] ("Incorrect" ==> "Correct").

This is the 5th ejection of 2011.
This is the 2nd Manager ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_10_tbamlb_chamlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13669587

News: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110410&content_id=17616324
10th-Apr-2011 03:05 pm - Ejections: Jim Joyce (1, 2, 3)
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HP Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Marlins pitcher Edward Mujica for throwing at Astros batter Bill Hall in the bottom of the 7th inning and Astros pitcher Aneury Rodriguez and Manager Brad Mills for throwing at Marlins batter Gaby Sanchez in the top of the 9th inning of the Marlins-Astros game. In the 7th, with one out and none on, Hall took a 0-0 fastball from Mujica in the ribs for a hit by pitch. It was Mujica's first pitch of the ballgame. In the 9th, with none out and none on, Sanchez took a 2-2 fastball from Rodriguez in the ribs for a hit by pitch. It was Rodriguez's first batter of the game; he had also thrown his 1-0 pitch (first fastball of the at bat) inside, at rib height. All calls are correct under Rule 6.b.ii.e.* At the time of the Mujica ejection, the Astros were leading, 6-1. At the time of the Rodriguez and Mills ejections, the Astros were leading, 7-1. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

These are Jim Joyce (66)'s first, second, and third ejections of 2011.
Jim Joyce now has 12 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 12).
Jim Joyce is owned as a Secondary Umpire by yawetag, who is now in 1st place in the UEFL with 9 points.
*These ejections are correct under Rule 6.b.ii.e.

These are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ejections of 2011.
These is the 2nd and 3rd player ejections of 2011.
This is the 1st Manager ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_10_flomlb_houmlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13673597
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As one of our UEFL commenters noted, "it's rare you see interference at the major league level... and tonight it was called three times!" Let's review:

1) Vanover (WSH@NYM): With three on and none out in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Nationals-Mets game, Mets batter Josh Thole hit a 0-0 fastball from Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten back up the middle. Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond attempted to field the ball on the third base side of the second base bag, where Mets baserunner Ike Davis was taking his secondary lead. Contact did not appear to have occurred (it doesn't have to), and Davis was ruled out for interference by 2B Umpire Larry Vanover. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13634861

2) Davidson (TOR@LAA): With two on and two out in the top of the 13th inning of the Blue Jays-Angels game, Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion hit a 0-1 slider from Angels pitcher Jason Bulger to the area between third base and shortstop. Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo attempted to field the ball, where Blue Jays baserunner Yunel Escobar was running. Contact did not appear to have occured, and Escobar was ruled out for interference by 3B Umpire Bob Davidson. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 6-5, in 14 innings.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13640527

3) Hickox (LAD@SD): With three on and two out in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Dodgers-Padres game, Padres batter Cameron Maybin hit a 2-1 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton softly on the ground to the area between third base and shortstop. Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake charged the grounder and collided with Padres baserunner Chase Hedley, who was ruled out for interference by 3B Umpire Ed Hickox to end the game, which the Dodgers won, 4-0. Hickox also served as HP Umpire during the first game of the Dodgers-Padres quasi-double header. Good call?

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13640259

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Relevant Rule: 7.09(j): A batter is out for interference when... he fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball...

Related Article: Umpire Odds & Ends: Interference Ends Game (09/05/2010)
- Tidbit: Alfonso Marquez, who was featured in this related Umpire Odds & Ends, was also involved in the current version. Alfonso was the 2B Umpire for the current contest, which also ended with an interference call at third base.
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Tonight's Dodgers-Padres game has been suspended after four rain delays, totaling 3 hours and 37 minutes. The contest, with a first pitch originally scheduled for 7:05pm PT, was finally suspended during the game's fourth rain delay, at 1:41am PT the next day: 6 hours and 36 minutes after its scheduled start. It will be concluded prior to the next scheduled contest between the two teams, today, at 5:35pm PT. The contest began with a delayed first pitch, which occurred at 7:29pm PT. The contest was delayed in the top of the second inning as a powerful cell moved into the area. After 1 hour and 34 minutes, play resumed until another delay was called in the middle of the 6th inning, immediately after the Dodgers had scored to tie the contest at 2-2. The contest is still tied, 2-2, in the top of the 9th, with none out and Dodgers baserunner Matt Kemp on first base. Padres pitcher Heath Bell is of record, and the next Dodgers batter has not yet officially been announced as of the delay and suspension. How do you think 1B Umpire Ed Rapuano fared in his first suspension as a full time Crew Chief?

The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 4-2, in 11 innings. The final time of game was 4:19 with a 3:36 delay, a total of 7 hours and 55 minutes.

News: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0409-dodgers-padres-20110409,0,7062881.story
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In the top of the 4th inning of the Nationals-Marlins game, Nationals batter Jayson Werth hit a 0-1 fastball from Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson to the top of the right field wall. The ball bounced back onto the field of play, as 1B Umpire D.J. Reyburn (70) ruled a home run. After instant replay review, the call stood. Did the ball indeed hit the metal "pipe" out of play or did it hit the top of the wall?

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13558011
7th-Apr-2011 02:04 pm - New UEFL Staff: Jeruhmed
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The Left Field Corner is pleased to announce a new addition to the UEFL Staff. Please welcome jeruhmed, who will serve as the UEFL's co-administrator, appellate rules interpreter, and will take responsibility for all linking activity on the website. As co-administrator, jeruhmed is authorized to create or edit any UEFL post; as appellate rules interpreter, he will rule on any appeals regarding any variable specified by UEFL Rules 6.b. and 6.c., including but not limited to Quality of Correctness, Name of Ejector, and Reason for Ejection; he additionally will assume sole responsible for creating, posting, and maintaining all links from the UEFL website. Appellate decisions may come from either the CAScreaminDude or Jeruhmed accounts.

Jeruhmed finished 13th in the UEFL last season, and is participating once again this year, with Gerry Davis as his Primary Umpire and Brian O'Nora as his Secondary Umpire. Accordingly, jeruhmed will not serve as a rules interpreter for any ejection involving Gerry Davis or Brian O'Nora, wherein Davis or O'Nora was an ejector or a calling umpire. Jeruhmed has served as a sports official in various sports, and at the high school and collegiate levels in baseball and softball.
6th-Apr-2011 08:55 pm - Ejections: Tim Tschida (1)
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HP Umpire Tim Tschida ejected Nationals pitcher Todd Coffey for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Nationals-Marlins game. With two out and two on, Marlins batter Gaby Sanchez hit a 0-1 fastball from Coffey to Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel for a sacrifice fly, Chris Coghlan scoring. Replays indicate there were no incorrect callable pitches thrown to Sanchez, the call was correct under Rule 6.e.iii;* however, this ejection is eligible for a Balls/Strikes Exemption under Rule 6.e.iv.b.** The call is incorrect.*** At the time of the ejection, the Marlins were leading, 7-4. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

This is Tim Tschida (4)'s first ejection of 2011.
Tim Tschida now has -2 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Tim Tshida is owned as a Secondary Umpire by jhagen88, who is now in 37th place in the UEFL with -3 points.
*This ejection is correct under Rule 6.e.iii.
**This ejection is eligible for a Balls/Strikes Exemption under Rule 6.e.iv.b.
***Quality of Correctness was challenged and overturned [affirmed] ("Correct" ==> "Incorrect").

This is the 1st ejection of 2011.
This is the 1st player ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_06_wasmlb_flomlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13537785

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
Previous at-bat in the inning. Not eligible for consideration unless Balls/Strikes Exemption is applied.
29th-Mar-2011 01:38 pm - UEFL Draft 2011: Rosters and Results
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As per Rules 1 and 2 of the League, the Pre-Season (Spring Training) Draft has been established to distribute primary and secondary umpires. All league entrants have selected primary and secondary umpires, and at this time, the Results and Rosters shall be announced. Primary Umpires may appear on multiple rosters, whereas Secondary Umpires must be exclusive. Primary Umpires may be AAA or MLB Umpires, whereas Secondary Umpires must be MLB Umpires.

Username: Primary Umpire, Secondary Umpire

#1UmpFan: Bill Miller, Dan Iassogna
15_and_done: Jerry Layne, Ed Hickox
BGMTOM: Bob Davidson, Joe West
Bino: Bob Davidson, Jim Reynolds
BONZ_kansascity: Joe West, Angel Hernandez
BrooklynUmp: Greg Gibson, Bob Davidson
BSBALLUMP: Ed Rapuano, Rob Drake
clement30: Tim Timmons, Mark Carlson
cyclone14: Mark Wegner, Adrian Johnson
DanNJ316: Joe West, Ron Kulpa
HIGHSCHOOLUMP: Greg Gibson, Sam Holbrook
IWU_Titan: Tim Timmons, Jim Wolf
jeruhmed: Gerry Davis, Brian O'Nora
jhagen88: Joe West, Tim Tschida
josh7377: Bill Welke, Doug Eddings
jdbr78: Lance Barksdale, Kerwin Danley
kickersrule: Joe West, Hunter Wendelstedt
KTurner14: Mark Wegner, Jerry Layne
marvin16: Jeff Kellogg, Mike Everitt
mtn335: Joe West, Marvin Hudson
rasseul: Mike Everitt, Greg Gibson
RichMSN: Joe West, Paul Emmel
RingTail: Angel Hernandez, Mike Winters
sachmet: Joe West, Dan Bellino
Scumpire: Joe West, Todd Tichenor
Spballsandstrikes: Mark Wegner, Mike DiMuro
spence1222: Gerry Davis, Jeff Nelson
thexfactor264: Joe West, Andy Fletcher
TonyTheRed: Greg Gibson, Laz Diaz
Tswo7: Ron Kulpa, John Hirschbeck
tt49: Hunter Wendelstedt, Chris Guccione
ump_24: Angel Hernandez, Tim Timmons
ump_78: Paul Emmel, Bruce Dreckman
whenindoubt55: Joe West, Ed Rapuano
yawetag: Angel Hernandez, Jim Joyce
zcr57: Tom Hallion, Mark Wegner

*The users BGMTOM and TOMH25 have been merged
**Accepted rule interpretation, in re: Rules 2, 4.a: An umpire listed on the MLB Crew or MLB Roster list shall be considered a MLB umpire for the purpose of scoring and secondary draft eligibility. These umpires may not receive the "AAA scoring bonus," as specified in Rule 4.a.

Members who did not select a Primary or Secondary umpire have been randomly assigned one.

If you would like to modify or change their Primary or Secondary Umpire, you may do so at this time by replying to this post. Modifications occur when a member requests to alter the name of the umpire they have selected in a Primary or Secondary round. Modifications will only be accepted under the following circumstances: (1) The forenamed Umpire has retired, resigned, or otherwise is no longer a AAA or MLB Umpire; (2) The forenamed Umpire has become injured or otherwise sidelined from performing his activities; (3) The forenamed Umpire has been suspended by the League for at least five games. Changes occur when a member requests to alter the name of the umpire listed on the above roster, though the member had not selected the umpire listed in the Primary of Secondary round. Changes will only be accepted under the following circumstances: (1) The Primary Umpire listed in the above roster is not the umpire the member requested during the Primary round; (2) The Secondary Umpire listed in the above roster is not one of the three umpires the member requested during the Secondary round, in the event that the member listed three umpires; (3) The member did not select a Secondary Umpire or provide a sufficient number of alternatives. If you have a modification or change request based on the above criterion, reply to this post with corresponding and sufficient information.

All requests must be received by Thursday, March 31, 9:00 AM PT. Late or other modification or change requests will not be accommodated at this time.
27th-Mar-2011 05:15 pm - Pre-Season Ejections: Brad Purdom (1)
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HP Umpire Brad Purdom ejected Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre for arguing-NEC in the top of the 8th inning of the Rangers-Mariners game. With none out and one on, Rangers batter David Murphy took a 0-0 fastball from Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located thigh high and over the heart of the plate, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rangers were leading, 4-3. The Rangers ultimately won the contest, 5-4, in 10 innings.

This is Brad Purdom (##)'s first pre-season ejection of 2011.
*More information will be posted as it becomes available

This is the 7th pre-season ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_03_27_texmlb_seamlb_1

News: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/texas-rangers/post/_/id/4861997/adrian-beltre-ejected-from-todays-game

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
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3B Umpire Chris Ward ejected A's Manager Bob Geren and A's first baseman Daric Barton for arguing a safe call in the top of the 7th inning of the Rockies-A's game. With one out and one on, Rockies batter Ian Steward hit a 2-1 fastball from A's pitcher Trevor Cahill to Cahill. Stewart reached on a missed catch error by Barton, though Barton alleged he lost the ball on the transfer. Replays do not conclusively show whether the ball was controlled, the call was inconclusive. At the time of the Geren ejection, the Rockies were leading, 2-0. At the time of the Barton ejection, the Rockies were leading, 3-0. The Rockies ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

These are Chris Ward (##)'s first and second pre-season ejections of 2011.
*Chris Ward was listed as the 3B Umpire, though he was working at 1B during the 7th inning.

These are the 5th and 6th pre-season ejections of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_03_26_oakmlb_colmlb_1

Audio #1: MLB Game Day Audio: KTRB Feed (A's) (2:19:40)
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1B Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista for throwing at Nationals batter Ian Desmond in the top of the 7th inning of the Nationals-Cardinals game. With one out and none on, Desmond took a 0-0 fastball from Batista for a Hit By Pitch. The benches then cleared, and though Batista was initially warned by HP Umpire Fran Burke, he was subsequently ejected by Hernandez. The call is correct per UEFL Rule 6.b.ii.e. At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 4-2. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 7-2.

This is Angel Hernandez (55)'s first pre-season ejection of 2011.

This is the 4th pre-season ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_03_21_wasmlb_slnmlb_1

News: http://www.foxsportsmidwest.com/03/21/11/Temperatures-rise-between-Nats-and-Cards/landing_stlcardinals.html?blockID=445537&feedID=8745
21st-Mar-2011 08:57 pm - Pre-Season Ejections: Mark Lollo (1)
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HP Umpire Mark Lollo ejected Tigers Batting Coach Lloyd McClendon for arguing a balk no call to end the top of the 4th inning of the Tigers-Astros game. With two out and one on, Tigers baserunner Austin Jackson was picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, Astros pitcher Brett Myers to first baseman Brett Wallace to shortstop Tommy Manzella. Replays indicate Myers legally stepped to throw to Wallace, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 2-1. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 9-1.

This is Mark Lollo (##)'s first pre-season ejection of 2011.

This is the 3rd pre-season ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_03_21_detmlb_houmlb_1

Audio #1: MLB Game Day Audio: KBME Feed (Astros) (1:01:05)
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HP Umpire Chris Tiller ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia for arguing a time play: run scored to end the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Angels-Rockies game. With one out and two on, Rockies catcher Chris Ianetta flied into a sacrifice double play, Angels center fielder Vernon Wells to shortstop Erick Aybar, Rockies baserunner Ryan Spillborghs out at 2nd. Replays indicate Rockies baserunner Todd Helton did not score until after the tag occurred at second base; 2B Umpire Lance Barrett appeared to have held his out call after the initial tag until Helton touched home plate, though the tag occurred prior to Helton touching home plate; Tiller and Barrett did not meet to discuss the play, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 6-0. The contest eventually ended in a tie, 6-6.

This is Chris Tiller (81)'s first pre-season ejection of 2011.

This is the 2nd pre-season ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2011_03_20_anamlb_colmlb_1

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRjLmdJgk4E

Audio #1: MLB Game Day Audio: KOA Feed (Rockies) (~ 49:30)

Audio #2: MLB Game Day Audio: KLAA Feed (Angels) (~ 53:00... Ejection at 53:50)
20th-Mar-2011 02:55 pm - UEFL Draft 2011: Secondary Umpires
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As per Rules 1 and 2 of the League, the Pre-Season (Spring Training) Draft has been established to distribute primary and secondary umpires. Here's how the process works: First, we'll pick Primary Umpires, and next we'll pick Secondary Umpires.

We have concluded the Primary round, and now we shall pick Secondary umpires. Only those who participated in the Primary draft are eligible to participate in the Secondary draft. This year's draft will employ a first-come-first-serve basis for Secondary draft picks. That is, whoever posts firsts will lay claim to that draft pick. Here are some additional Guidelines for Secondary draft choices:

2. ...Secondary umpires MAY NOT be AAA Call Ups, whereas Primary Umpires may.
- a. The secondary umpire picked by a member may NOT be the same as a secondary umpire picked by another member.
- - i. The secondary umpire picked by a member MAY be the same as a primary umpire picked by another member
- b. The secondary umpire picked by a member must be different from the member's primary umpire.
- c. The process through which the secondary umpire is chosen by members is conducted like a draft.

You may choose your Secondary umpire draft pick by replying to this post. Please format your response in the following format:
Your_Chosen_Username selects Secondary Umpire's Name. Again, the Secondary selection is a first-come-first-serve process. You must refrain from choosing a secondary umpire that has already been selected by another member in this thread. If a member selects a secondary umpire who has already been drafted by another member, that duplicate selection will be void and that member will not receive a secondary umpire for the season. To avoid this from happening, you may additionally select a 'back up' secondary umpire. If you are selecting a back up, please post Your_Chosen_Username selects MLB Ump's Name [Back-up MLB Ump's Name if MLB Ump's Name is already chosen] [Second Back-up MLB Ump's Name if MLB and Back-up MLB Ump's Name is already chosen, etc. There will be no correction period after the draft closes, so make sure you choose a back-up, just in case. The UEFL reserves the right to assign a member a Secondary Umpire if the member has chosen an already-drafted person and/or if no valid selection has been made by the draft closing date and time. The secondary draft will run until Saturday, March 26, at 11:59PM PDT, at which time selections will be closed, or until all 33 entrants from the Primary stage have completed the Secondary stage, whichever comes first.

Please use the same value for Your_Chosen_Username as you used in association with the Primary Draft. The Secondary Draft will run until all members have chosen a Secondary Umpire, or until Spring Training ends, whichever comes first. If you have picked a retired/released Umpire during the Primary Draft, please select a new Primary Umpire in the post for that draft (click here).

Refer here for 2011 Crew list (please select an umpire from this list): http://www.majorleagueumpires.com/umpire_crews.htm

In the event that you would like to select an Umpire who is currently not on the MLB Staff, who you suspect WILL be on the Staff by Opening Day, please post Your_Chosen_Username selects MiLB Ump's Name [Back-up MLB Ump's Name if MiLB Ump's Name is not promoted]. You must provide a back-up MLB Ump, lest you risk the possibility of entering the season without a Secondary Umpire.
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HP Umpire Mark Buchanan ejected Mariners left fielder Milton Bradley for arguing a called third strike in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Brewers-Mariners game. With one out and one on, Bradley took a 3-2 fastball from Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located thigh high and outside, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 2-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Mark Buchanan (##)'s first pre-season ejection of 2011.

This is the 1st pre-season ejection of 2011.
This is Milton Bradley's 3rd pre-season ejection since 2010.
This is the Mariners' 4th pre-season ejection since 2010.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2011_03_16_milmlb_seamlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13217525

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
14th-Mar-2011 02:53 pm - UEFL Draft 2011: Primary Umpires
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Welcome to the 2011 Season. As per Rules 1 and 2 of the League, the Pre-Season (Spring Training) Draft has been established to distribute primary and secondary umpires. Here's how the process works: First, we'll pick Primary Umpires, and next we'll pick Secondary Umpires.

Let's start with the Primaries. This year's draft will employ a first-come-first-serve basis and a secret Primary pick. That is, until the Primary & Secondary draft rounds are complete, all Primary draft picks (posts) remain secret (unscreened). Here are some additional Guidelines for Primary draft choices:

- a. The primary umpire picked by one league member may or may not be the same primary umpire of another member.
- b. This process is conducted simultaneously and the primary umpire is submitted secretly, to ensure that no league member gains an unfair advantage by knowing any other member's primary umpire.

You may choose your Primary umpire draft pick by replying to this post. Please format your response in the following format:
Your_Chosen_Username selects Primary Umpire's Name.

The value you choose for "Your_Chosen_Username" will be used to identify you throughout the season, along with your computer's IP Address. Please post your draft replies using the computer you will primarily use during the season. If you have registered with LiveJournal, please use your LiveJournal username (you may disregard the note about IP Addresses). You have until Sunday, March 20, 11:59PM PST to submit your Primary Draft picks. The secondary draft will begin on or around March 21.

Refer here for 2011 Crew list (please select an umpire from this list): http://www.majorleagueumpires.com/umpire_crews.htm

In the event that you would like to select an Umpire who is currently not on the MLB Staff, who you suspect WILL be on the Staff by Opening Day, please post Your_Chosen_Username selects Ump's Name [Back-up MLB Ump's Name if Ump's Name is not promoted/retained].

Thanks, and let the Draft begin!
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WUA reports the hiring of Scott Barry, Brian Knight, and Dan Bellino.

Scott Barry (87)
Welcomed to the Major League staff for the 2011 season…529 days of service in the Major Leagues as a call-up umpire in his career…MLB Spring Training and Call-Up since 2006…first Major League game was June 4, 2006 (Red Sox at Tigers)...Umpired professionally since 2000...34 years old...Finished 13th in UEFL Standings, second highest AAA placement in 2010 [#1: Dan Bellino].

Brian Knight (91)
Welcomed to the Major League staff for the 2011 season…730 days of service in the Major Leagues as a call-up umpire in his career…MLB Spring Training and Call-Up since 2001…first Major League game was May 7, 2001 (White Sox at Rangers)...Umpired professionally since 1995...36 years old...Did not enter into UEFL Standings: Knight had zero ejections in 2010.

Dan Bellino (93)
Welcomed to the Major League staff for the 2011 season…MLB Spring Training since 2009...Call-Up since 2008…first Major League game was June 25, 2008 (Orioles at Cubs)...Umpired professionally since 2003...33 years old...Was UEFL's AAA Umpire of the Year in 2010...Finished 5th in UEFL Standings, highest AAA placement in 2010.

Congratulations to these three umpires.

News: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20110321&content_id=17047392&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
17th-Jan-2011 11:33 pm - Retirement: Mike Reilly (31)
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Battle Creek's Reilly to retire as MLB umpire

Ends 34-year on-field career with MLB

Battle Creek Enquirer
Battle Creek’s Mike Reilly, the longtime Major League Baseball umpire, has retired from the game.

Reilly filled out his retirement papers with Major League Baseball recently, effectively ending his 34-year career as he finishes as one of the longest-tenured umpires of all-time – ending sixth overall in most games worked at over 4,500.
Reilly, 61, said he has thought about this moment for the past several years and decided it was the right time.

“This decision has been coming for a couple of years, but it is a very difficult decision for me – a very emotional decision to make,” Reilly said. “Walking away from baseball is the toughest decision I have ever had to make. I’ve had to make a lot of tough decisions on the field, but not one this tough off the field.”
by The Enquirer

complete article

Mike Reilly was the UEFL's 2010 Umpire of the Year.
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UEFL Final Standings, 2010
Username: Primary Umpire, Secondary Umpire - Points

1) CAScreaminDude: Joe West, Greg Gibson - 37 - Winner, UEFL 2010
2) ump_24: Joe West, Mike DiMuro - 35 - Runner Up, UEFL 2010
3) yaw4god_emt: Joe West, Jim Joyce - 29
4) SPballsandstrikes: Mark Wegner, Laz Diaz - 26
4) cyclone14: Greg Gibson, Mark Wegner - 26
6) scumpire: Jerry Crawford, Joe West - 25
7) BSBALLUMP: Rob Drake, Chris Guccione - 21
8) jk: Dana DeMuth, Derryl Cousins - 10
9) jjpok: Doug Eddings, Mike Reilly - 7
10) KTurner14: Brian Gorman, Eric Cooper - 5
11) IWU_Titan: Ed Montague, Brian Gorman - 2
12) tommy: Chad Fairchild, Bill Hohn - 1
13) jeruhme: Dan Iassogna, CB Bucknor - 0

Umpire Ejections
1) Bob Davidson (10)
2) Joe West (9)
3) Paul Emmel (7)
4) Tim Timmons (7)
5) Marvin Hudson (6)
6) Angel Hernandez (6)
7) Hunter Wendelstedt (6)
8) Adrian Johnson (5)
9) Rob Drake (5)
10) Bill Welke (5)
11 Andy Fletcher (4)
12) Tim Welke (4)
13) Ron Kulpa (4)
14) Mark Wegner (4)
15) D.J. Reyburn (4)
16) Jeff Nelson (4)
17) Greg Gibson (4)
18) Angel Campos (4)
19) Dan Bellino (4)
20) Dale Scott (4)
21) Bill Hohn (4)
22) John Hirschbeck (4)
23) Mark Carlson (4)
24) Mike Everitt (4)
25) Paul Schrieber (3)
26) Larry Vanover (3)
27) Chris Guccione (3)
28) Alfonso Marquez (3)
29) CB Bucknor (3)
30) Gary Darling (3)
31) Sam Holbrook (3)
32) Eric Cooper (3)
33) Laz Diaz (3)
34) Marty Foster (3)
35) Jim Reynolds (3)
36) Tom Hallion (3)
37) Gary Cederstrom (3)


Umpire Points
1) Angel Hernandez (29)
2) Tim Timmons (28)
3) Joe West (28)
4) Marvin Hudson (24)
5) Dan Bellino (22)
6) Adrian Johnson (20)
7) Bill Welke (20)
8) Tim Welke (18)
9) Andy Fletcher (16)
10) Ron Kulpa (16)
11) Mark Wegner (16)
12) Bob Davidson (15)
13) Scott Barry (15)
14) John Hirschbeck (15)
15) Tom Hallion (14)
16) D.J. Reyburn (13)
17) Laz Diaz (13)
18) Angel Campos (13)
19) Chris Guccione (13)
19) Greg Gibson (13)
19) Rob Drake (13)
22) Mike Winters (13)
23) Paul Emmel (12)
24) Jeff Kellogg (12)
25) Larry Vanover (11)
26) Gerry Davis (11)
27) Mark Carlson (10)
28) Mike Everitt (10)
29) Sam Holbrook (10)
30) Jim Wolf (10)
31) Mike DiMuro (9)
31) Jerry Meals (9)
33) Gary Cederstrom (7)
34) Derryl Cousins (7)
35) Mike Reilly (7)
36) Paul Schrieber (6)
37) Eric Cooper (6)
38) Jerry Crawford (6)
38) Bruce Dreckman (6)
40) Gary Darling (6)
41) Bill Hohn (6)

Accuracy
1) Tim Timmons (100%, 7)
2) Marvin Hudson (100%, 6)
3) Angel Hernandez (100%, 6)
4) Adrian Johnson (100%, 5)
5) Bill Welke (100%, 5)
6) Andy Fletcher (100%, 4)
7) Tim Welke (100%, 4)
8) Ron Kulpa (100%, 4)
9) Mark Wegner (100%, 4)
10) Dan Bellino (100%, 4)
11) Larry Vanover (100%, 3)
12) Chris Guccione (100%, 3)
13) Laz Diaz (100%, 3)
14) Scott Barry (100%, 3)
15) Tom Hallion (100%, 3)
16) Mike Winters (100%, 2)
17) Jeff Kellogg (100%, 2)
18) Jerry Meals (100%, 2)
19) Mike DiMuro (100%, 2)
20) Gerry Davis (100%, 2)


Simple Accuracy
1) Andy Fletcher (100%, 4/4)
2) Dan Bellino (100%, 4/4)
3) Marvin Hudson (100%, 6/6)
4) Jim Wolf (100%, 1/1)*
5) Tim Timmons (100%, 7/7)
6) Tim McClelland (100%, 1/1)
7) Laz Diaz (100%, 3/3)
8) Cory Blaser (100%, 1/1)
9) Bill Welke (100%, 5/5)
10) Gerry Davis (100%, 2/2)
11) Ron Kulpa (100%, 4/4)
12) Mark Wegner (100%, 4/4)
13) Tim Welke (100%, 4/4)
14) Mike Winters (100%, 2/2)
15) Larry Vanover (100%, 3/3)
16) Angel Hernandez (100%, 6/6)
17) Chris Guccione (100%, 3/3)
18) Bruce Dreckman (100%, 1/1)
19) Tim Tschida (100%, 1/1)
20) Jerry Crawford (100%, 1/1)
21) Phil Cuzzi (100%, 1/1)
22) Ed Rapuano (100%, 1/1)
23) Jeff Kellogg (100%, 2/2)
24) Adrian Johnson (100%, 5/5)
25) Mike DiMuro (100%, 2/2)
26) Tom Hallion (100%, 3/3)
27) Scott Barry (100%, 3/3)
28) Jerry Meals (100%, 2/2)
29) Derryl Cousins (100%, 1/1)


Ejections by Team (Notables)
1) Nationals, 17 (Jim Riggleman [Manager], 6)
2) Dodgers, 12 (Russell Martin [catcher] / James Loney [first baseman] / Joe Torre [Retiring Manager], 2)
3) Orioles, 10 (Buck Showalter [Manager] / Rick Kranitz [Pitching Coach] / Samuel [Fired Manager], 2)
4) White Sox, 9 (Ozzie Guillen [Manager], 6)
4) Phillies, 9 (Charlie Manuel [Manager], 6)
4) Rays, 9 (Joe Maddon [Manager], 6)*
4) Braves, 9 (Bobby Cox [Retiring Manager], 6)*
8) Padres, 8 (Bud Black [Manager], 2)
8) A's, 8 (Bob Geren [Manager], 3)
8) Reds, 8 (Dusty Baker [Manager] / Joey Votto [first baseman], 2)
8) Red Sox, 8 (Terry Francona [Manager], 3)
8) Twins, 8 (Ron Gardenhire [Manager], 7)*
13) Brewers, 7 (Ken Macha [Fired Manager], 3)
13) Tigers, 7 (Jim Leyland [Manager], 4)
13) Blue Jays, 7 (Cito Gaston [Manager], 3)
13) Rangers, 7 (Washington [Manager], 4)
17) Marlins, 6 (Edwin Rodriguez [Manager], 3)
18) Astros, 5 (
No Team Leader, 1)
18) Mets, 5 (Jerry Manuel [Fired Manager], 3)
18) Pirates, 5 (John Russell [Fired Manager], 3)
18) Yankees, 5 (Joe Girardi [Manager], 3)
18) Indians, 5 (Manny Acta [Manager], 2)
18) Cardinals, 5 (Tony La Russa [Manager], 3)
24) Angels, 4 (Mike Scioscia [Manager], 2)
24) Cubs, 4 (
No Team Leader, 1)
24) Mariners, 4 (Wakamatsu [Fired Manager], 3)
24) Rockies, 4 (Jim Tracy [Manager], 2)
24) Giants, 4 (Bruce Bochy [Manager], 4)
24) Diamondbacks, 4 (A.J. Hinch [Fired Manager], 2)
30) Royals, 2 (Ned Yost [Manager] / Trey Hillman [Fired Manager], 1)

*Indicates post season activity. Postseason accuracy is not affected in the event of an incorrect call by a crew-mate. Postseason accuracy is affected in all other situations.
5th-Nov-2010 12:00 pm - 2010 Umpire of the Year: Mike Reilly
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Umpire of the Year: Mike Reilly (31)



Mike Reilly is the Umpire Fantasy League's 2010 Umpire of the Year. In his 34th Major League Baseball umpiring season, was named as the crew chief and HP Umpire to the 2010 All-Star Game, his fourth. Reilly finished 2010 with zero ejections. Notably, Reilly was praised by many voters for being "the best veteran umpire in the league." Though Reilly has not yet publicly addressed the issue of his retirement, many voters are under the impression that 2010 was Reilly's last season. As a result, Reilly's Umpire of the Year award may be infused with accolades for Reilly's 34 years of work at the Major League level. It is still uncertain whether Reilly will return in 2011; Reilly has not declared 2010 to be his last season as Umpire Jerry Crawford has done. Reilly finished the 2009 season with one ejection.

Mike Reilly (31) now has 7 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.
Mike Reilly is owned as a Secondary Umpire by jjpok, who is now in 9th place in the UEFL with 7 points.

The UEFL Final Standings and Statistics will be released today.
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